Funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce's Minority Business Development Agency.

Locally operated by the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.                                        602-294-6087

The MBDA Business Center, Phoenix

The Phoenix MBDA Center is dedicated to you and your business growth needs.  We've been around since 1997, and won several awards for being one of the leading MBDA Business Centers in the nation. But, our most important win is making you a happy and growing client.  The Center's goal is to create a generation of minority-owned business enterprises (MBEs) generating $100 million in annual revenues focusing on maximizing job creation and global competitiveness. The success of MBEs is anticipated to have a significant impact on employment and the tax base in their communities, and positive economic impact throughout the nation. ​

​We assist Minority Business Enterprises (MBE) clients in achieving higher levels of growth and competitiveness. While we serve all MBEs, target clients are firms with annual revenues of over $1,000,000; firms involved in high-growth industries (e.g., green technology, clean energy, health care, IT, infrastructure and broadband technology, among others); or firms with rapid growth potential.

The Phoenix MBDA Business Center services are geared towards capacity building, and job creation/retention resulting from facilitating contracts and financing for medium-sized minority businesses. 

We provide technical business services including (but not limited to):

  • The development of a pool of contract and finance opportunities; 
  • Direct matching of opportunities with qualified/vetted MBEs;
  • relationship management and deal sourcing initiatives (e.g. industry clusters); 
  • Facilitating MBE growth through exports (identifying global markets and financing); 
  • Identifying, matching and securing alternative sources of capital and financing; 
  • Educating MBEs on the benefits of strategic growth alternatives (e.g., mergers, acquisitions and/or joint ventures); 
  • MBE advocacy; and, providing service referrals to MBEs of all sizes.


​​Qualifying MBE's must meet the guidelines set forth by the Minority Business Development Agency's  (MBDA) minority standards which include, but not limited to the following: African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Aleuts, Asian Pacific Americans, Asians Indians, Eskimos & Hasidic Jews.

Our Services:

Our mission is to foster the growth, expansion, & competitiveness of minority business enterprises (MBEs) by assuring access to credit, capital, markets, and consultation (Business & Professional) collateral, and other resources.​

We provide Management and organizational consulting, plus:

  • Seminars and workshops 
  • Professional referrals
  • Potential in-network partnership opportunities.

Access to Capital
The MBDA Business Center in Phoenix helps its clients find financing for business growth. We have partnered with various lending institutions including community banks and micro-lenders to help meet the needs of clients at every level. We provide: 

  • Financial packaging including alternative sources of capital
  • Financial analysis and planning
  • Lender/Investor identification
  • Bond packaging

Access to Market:
We utilize our expansive network of strategic partners to provide greater opportunities and resources to our clients. The Center actively promotes individual minority businesses to these networks that include Chambers of Commerce, business and trade associations, corporations, local trade fairs, as well as state and local government agencies. In addition, we provide, 

  • Procurement Opportunities
  • Minority certification assistance
  • Vendor registration assistance
  • Procurement package assistance
  • Marketing, bidding, networking assistance
  • Opportunities to team and grow your business

Global entrepreneurship

  • Guidance and expertise to make your business more globally competitive
  • Access to global market opportunities
  • Access to export financing
  • Identifying export opportunities for products and services
  • Developing a Foreign Strategic Marketing Plan
  • Distributor Search Service